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First Impressions

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:33 pm
by andrewg
I know most of this will be old news to the rest of the world users but please bear with me as I give my 2 cents worth! I am quite excited to at last receive my copy of Rail Simulator. What's more is that it only cost me the equivalent of $27 (ZAR210).

My first impressions are given after about an hour of play...

Positive points so far:
1. It is relatively easy to adapt from MSTS1 as most of the basic controls are the same.
2. It did not take me long +-20 minutes to understand the menus and what they do.
3. 3D Cab function is great!
4. 2D Map function is also a great addition.
5. The driver aids are good.
6. Sound quality is an improvement on MSTS1.

Less positive points so far:
1. I think my expectations of the graphics quality was a little too high! I think they are an improvement on MSTS, but not a giant leap forward...from what I have seen of MSTS2, I think they are going to fall quite short of that??? The actual trains are very good but the scenery seems to be similar or only slightly better in quality to MSTS1.
2. Many roads seem completely empty whilst others 'spawn' cars all over the place and then they disappear just as mysteriously! On one road all cars went in the same direction only??

Its early days for me of course...but on the whole it looks promising...am looking forward to seeing what the 3rd party developers can do!

Andrew Galloway
Cape Town, South Africa

Re: First Impressions

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:15 am
by appleexpress
Hi Andrew,

I have only recently obtained my copy of Rail Simulator, so have only spent about 2 hours in total on it. Being a Trainz user myself I found the Rail Simulator interface quite daunting at first since it is very different to what I am used to.

My experience so far though has been positive. The "eye candy" factor of the graphics is very good and the framerates are an improvement over what I'm used to.

I have not tried the route editor yet, but that's next on my list.

Kind regards,
Ian